A Civil Society Advisory Committee on Federalism was established under the Forum’s multi-year program, Federal Governance in Sudan. The committee includes a cross-section of senior leaders in the academic and NGO communities interested in peace, governance and federalism issues. In addition to meetings and recommendations to the Forum on program priorities, the committee took a leadership role in many of the Forum’s Sudan activities during 2006 2007. It has also conducted wider consultations with seven different groups on their needs and interests regarding federal issues in Sudan. The groups include media, parliamentarians, NGOs, gender, youth, academics and political parties. The committee advises the Forum on its program activities and, more importantly, ensures legitimacy, local ownership and long-term sustainability of the Forum’s work by building constituencies for Sudan’s emergent federalism. The committee held its first meetings in July 2006.